School officials apologize after outrage over photo of black student

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The photo was taken October 13 during a lesson the school's third grade received from staff of the Plimoth Plantation historical museum.

But on Thursday night, many are taking issue with this photo taken of some of the students by the teacher that was then shared on social media.

The event was an enrichment program to learn about the pilgrims, and the girl had volunteered.

Among the clothing students learned about that day was a garment that would have been worn by toddlers to learn how to walk, which included tethering straps, Superintendent Derek Swenson said.

Swenson said the photo could perceived negatively without the context of the classroom lesson, according to the Enterprise.

A parent who spoke to the press said: "If you look at that picture out of context, what are you going to think".

The image was shared several times with Boston 25 News and prompted school officials to sit down with local police, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District officials and the parents involved Thursday morning.

"I'm appalled and disgusted by it, really", added parent and grandparent Delores Terry.

Rob Kluin, Plimoth Plantation's director of marketing and communications, examined the controversial photo and put it in historical perspective. "It was never the intent of the lesson to demean or degrade one person or group". Kellimar Sinclair, who claimed to be the mother of the kneeling student in the picture posted on Facebook, asked users to "please explain how this is OK or acceptable", The Enterprise reports. "We are deeply saddened by this, as our museum's educational mission is to provide fun and engaging encounters with the history of the 17th-century Atlantic world".

"Leading strings is a garment that we always show and kids are fascinated by the fact that both boys and girls wore them when they were toddlers and fascinated by the idea of leading strings", a Plimoth Plantation spokesperson said.

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